My trip to Monaco

I was a very lucky lady last weekend, I got to experience the very best of Monaco!

Having never been to the infamous destination I was very excited to see if it really lived up to all the hype, and boy it did. 

After a tour of the many different bedrooms at the Fairmont Monte Carlo including the rooms overlooking the hair pin bend that sell for over €22K during the Grand Prix, we settled down to a delicious meal at L’Horizon Restaurant. Here I had the largest veal steak and largest strawberry ever (although not served together) and this I realised was just a taster of how everything in Monaco is done BIG.

By 10:30 on Saturday I had had a lovely breakfast on the sunny terrace overlooking the sea, been on a surprise sight-seeing helicopter ride, and had coffee in Casino Square whilst watching how the other half live, driving around in their Ferrari’s and sports cars. 

We were privileged to see Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic playing in a friendly in Casino Square and I even managed to get my helicopter ticket signed by Murray. After a delicious lunch at Hotel de Paris we went to the Rolex Tennis Master and bathed in the hot sunshine watching Mahut and Petzschner battle it out.

Our transfer to dinner in Nice was by open top pink Chevrolet, stopping first for some olive oil tasting followed by some wine tasting with the most enthusiastic story teller and wine lover.  Dinner was a mixture of fabulous food and celebrity spotting at Le Hussard Restaurant.

Just to make sure we really got a taste of the high life Sunday involved a ride in a red open top Ferrari, with a good looking young man thrown in for good measure, a tour of a perfume factory, visit to the picturesque village of Eze and Rothschild Villa & Gardens.

After a long lunch in the sun at Oursin Bleu Restaurant and a stroll along the magnificent Villefranche Bay, our trip had sadly come to an end and it was back to reality. Needless to say, Monday morning was hard.

–  Rose

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